It appears that Ed Skrein has exited the ‘Hellboy reboot amid controversy of the studio ‘whitewashing’ the role he was taking on. USA TODAY
“I applaud the producers and, in particular, Ed Skrein for championing the notion that Asian characters should be played by Asian or Asian-American actors,” said Kim. “He could not have addressed the issue more elegantly and I remain indebted to him for his strength of character.”
Skrein announced his decision on Twitter in August, noting that while he was “sad” to not be part of the film, he wanted to help bring positive change to representation in Hollywood.
“It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the arts,” Skrein wrote.
This isn’t the first time Kim has spoken out about minority rights in Hollywood.
“Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue,” Kim wrote in a Facebook post in July. Co-star Grace Park, who, like Kim, is of Korean descent, also left as a result of the pay dispute.
Hellboy, co-starring Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and David Harbour, hits theaters Jan. 11, 2019.